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News - 17 February 2014

Elderly care choices are confusing relatives

According to research by the consumer group Which? 60 per cent of those aged 40-60 with both children and dependent elderly relatives, the so-called ‘sandwich generation’, are not confident in making decisions over care homes and sheltered housing.

Lavinia Newman, Founder of ABDS and a qualified Mediator comments:
“32 per cent said they wasted time reading resources that were not suited to their needs, and 34 per cent explored dead-end options. Additionally, 28 per cent struggled to find the information they required. In light of this, Which? has launched a new web site that, they say, offer “practical information and advice” about arranging care for the elderly.”

Users can seek care options relevant to their needs by completing a short questionnaire, and find local information within the vicinity of a given postcode.

Richard Lloyd, Which? executive director, said: “It’s worrying but understandable that people lack confidence in arranging care for their elderly relatives, and this can be made worse when you have little previous experience but need to act urgently and under pressure.

If you need any help and advice on Care Homes and Nursing Homes, contact Peter Ham, Lavinia Newman, Stuart Coleman or Tonmoy Kumar to discuss how ABDS can help

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